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Giants avoid season sweep by Bucs

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Jason Schmidt dominated his former team, just
as he's done against almost everybody this season.

Schmidt pitched a four-hitter with 11 strikeouts for his
NL-leading 15th win, and the San Francisco Giants defeated the
Pittsburgh Pirates 7-0 Thursday night.

"It's nice to come back here and win, but it's not like I was
thriving on it," Schmidt said. "It was like I was facing any
other team, to be honest with you."

Edgardo Alfonzo, Marquis Grissom and Michael Tucker each drove
in two runs to the help the Giants avoid a season sweep by
Pittsburgh. Barry Bonds had an RBI double.

Schmidt (15-4) walked one and allowed only four singles -- two by
Rob Mackowiak. It was Schmidt's eighth career shutout and third
this season. All three of his complete games this year have been
shutouts.

"That's your goal when you go out there is to go the whole
way," Schmidt said.

The right-hander struck out at least 10 for the third straight
start and ninth time this season. He joined Oakland's Mark Mulder
as the only 15-game winners in the majors.

"When (Schmidt is) pitching, we have a feeling we're going to
win," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "There aren't very many
good pitchers, not like that. I remember when I played for this
team, when (Juan) Marichal was pitching, we knew we would win the
game.

"We always played better, we always hit better behind a guy
like that."

Schmidt is 4-1 lifetime against the Pirates, who dealt him to
San Francisco on July 30, 2001, for outfielder Jon Vander Wal,
outfielder Armando Rios and pitcher Ryan Vogelsong.

This was the first time Schmidt faced Vogelsong since the deal.

It was a mismatch.

Vogelsong (3-9) lasted only five innings and has not won a home
game since he beat the Phillies on opening day. He allowed six hits
and three runs, walking four and striking out three.

Still, it was better than his previous start, when he lasted
only 1 1/3 innings against San Diego.

"I'm nowhere near where I want to be," Vogelsong said. "I
want to get on Jason Schmidt's level, and I'm far from that right
now."

San Francisco salvaged the finale of a three-game series.
Pittsburgh won five of six meetings between the teams this year.

The Giants have been swept in a season series of six or more
games only once in their 122-year history, going 0-7 against the
Montreal Expos last season.

San Francisco jumped to a lead for the third consecutive game
when Bonds, another ex-Pirate, doubled home J.T. Snow in the first.

Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon elected to pitch to Bonds,
although first base was open with two outs. Bonds sent Vogelsong's
first pitch off the center-field wall.

Alfonzo increased the lead to 3-0 with a two-run single in the
third, scoring Yorvit Torrealba and Ray Durham.

The Pirates escaped further damage when center fielder Tike
Redman made a diving catch of Bonds' liner with two on to end the
inning.

Tucker tacked on a two-run single in the sixth off reliever Dave
Williams. Grissom, pinch-hitting for center fielder Ricky Ledee,
smacked a two-run double off the center-field wall to make it 7-0.

Game notes
Dustan Mohr replaced Bonds in left field to start the
bottom of the eighth. Asked if Bonds had requested to come out,
Alou said: "I don't have an answer to that question. That's in the
team. I don't have to explain that." ... Schmidt has 21 career
games of 10 or more strikeouts. ... Bonds' first-inning double gave
him 1,812 RBI, tying him with Frank Robinson for 14th on the
career list. ... The Pirates are 17-5 in their past 22 home games.
... Schmidt has a 6-0 road record. ... Pittsburgh's Craig Wilson
was hit by a pitch in the seventh. He leads the majors with 22.